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Poole Park access works

A series of access works have commenced this week in Poole Park to create more accessible routes through the park and open up the space for more people to enjoy.

The works include upgrades to the roads, paths and car parks with new lighting and drainage. New play equipment and adult fitness equipment will also be installed.

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Hengistbury Head garden volunteers

Looking for something new to do outside? Why not meet friends and make a difference by volunteering at the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. There are a range of volunteering opportunities available. 

Our garden volunteers have a great time each week making our wildlife garden look magnificent! Read all about what they get up to in their garden blog.

Find out more about the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
Kings Park Nursery opening soon

Kings Park Nursery will once again open its doors to the public on 18 March - just in time for Mother's Day on 22 March.

The nursery is responsible for most of the plants you see in our local parks and open spaces, and specialises in plants that will thrive in our south coast climate. 

 

Kings Park Nursery
Enjoying Poole’s spring-time heathland
We always get excited when the sites we've been working hard to maintain through winter begin to come alive with flora, reptiles and birdsong. On Poole's heathland, migrant and resident birds begin to nest in low shrubbery, and even on the ground.

Please make sure to stick to the tracks and ensure your dogs do the same - it helps protect birds such as the dartford warbler, linnet, nightjar and meadow pipit from disturbance. If they can nest in peace, they will return the following year, which is essential for a healthy heathland ecosystem.
Read the latest updates on Poole's Heathland
Dog walking routes
We know that many dogs need lots of exercise, so for a good run around there are some fantastic alternative places you can take them. Upton Country Park has a huge off-lead area with lots of different walking routes to explore, and Canford Park Sang offers a beautiful riverside walk with plenty of free parking.

Did you know there's also a doggy play patch at Slades Farm? This play patch for pooches provides safe exercise and play equipment to have fun with. It’s in a special fenced off area that includes an obstacle course and seating for humans.
Bournemouth walks for you and your dog
Find more dog-friendly spaces and walks at Dorset Dogs
Planting hedgerows for wildlife
25 volunteers and staff have planted 400 young native hedgerow trees to improve Riversmeet Meadows - a former golf course forming part of a new Site of Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in Christchurch - for both people and wildlife.

Hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose, guelder rose and crab apple have been used, which all blossom and bear fruit, and will provide a home for birds, mammals, reptiles and insects to nest and forage. 30 free-standing trees, including oak, bird cherry, silver birch and hornbeam, have also been planted in small groups and alone.
Find out more about the Christchurch countryside
In Bournemouth, the Stour Valley supporters have been busy at the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve planting a new hedgerow to go alongside the 1,000 trees that were planted in a new woodland a couple of years ago. Thank you to all our volunteers!
Whitecliff Pavilion
The tender to remodel, refurbish and extend Whitecliff Pavilion is now open. We want to significantly improve the catering offer, public toilets and sports changing at the facilities at this popular open space in Poole and are looking for offers from experienced, imaginative and prospective tenants who can deliver our vision.

Full information and instructions about this opportunity are available on the Supplying the South West website, where registration is free.
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